One way to get a glimpse of Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf’s romantic view of ruin? Join the Disney-size crowds who are shuffling along the elevated length of Manhattan’s High Line Park, where tall sweeps of grasses and wildflowers poke up theatrically through an abandoned elevated railway. Another way to become with Oudolf’s perennial plantings and wildflower meads is to visit some of his other projects.
Here are eight Piet Oudolf gardens with ideas worth stealing:
When you enroll at My Garden School, an online school where you can take courses with all manner of experts. Planting The Piet Oudolf Way, a four-week course with Oudolf and his long-time collaborator Dr Noel Kingsbury, costs £250 and is one of 30 horticultural programs on offer.
In Chicago’s Millenium Park, there are 222 types of plants in the 2.5-acre Lurie Garden, designed by Oudolf to offer “a four-season experience blending Chicago’s past, present and future with bold design, dramatic form and intimate spaces. Its design pays homage to Chicago’s transformation from flat marshland to innovative green city, or ‘Urbs in Horto’ (City in a Garden).” For more information, see Lurie Garden.
Stoke-on-Trent, England: Trentham Estate
London, England: Serpentine Gallery
“Every summer, the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens unveils a new pavilion built by a renowned architect, designed to stand for just three months.,” notes the Telegraph. In 2011, Oudolf designed the garden. For more photos, see Telegraph.